By Jaacob Bowden

In the Beginning

When I was in my 20s I was a 14-handicapper, I would hit wedges about 100 yards, and I was pleased to hit drives at the driving range past the 225-yard marker.  By all means, I was just a very average golfer.

When I decided to pursue a golf career at age 27, I was taken under the wing of Dan Shauger and Dan’s friend Mike Austin, the man who at age 64 hit a Guinness World Record 515-yard drive in the 1974 US National Senior Open.

Through my work with Dan, my technique improved greatly and I started striking the ball closer to the middle of the face much more regularly. I was custom fit in to a set of golf clubs that further optimized my driving distance. Between these two things and the additional practice, I started hitting the ball very long. In fact, I started to get so long that I won the 2003 Pinnacle Distance Challenge with a 381-yard televised drive besting a field of over 120 golfers and beating out future RE/MAX World Long Drive Champion Dan Boever in the finals. I also advanced to the District Finals of the RE/MAX World Long Drive Championship qualifying.

With my technique in a good place and my driver optimized for distance, I wanted to know how I could hit the ball even further. I searched the Internet for how to increase my club head speed, but anything I found revolved around having good technique. I also poured through information on golf fitness, but just because you are fit doesn’t mean you will be fast. There wasn’t…

Read the rest of what Jaacob has to say about Swing Speed Training in the March 2014 Monthly Handicap Improver here: